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2014-09-02

Headaches:  Relief for chronic headaches


Rest, exercise, heat or ice packs….or a long, hot shower….may be all you need to relieve an occasional tension headache.  If not, perhaps there are structural or biomechanical problems that need to be addressed.

The neck and head are complex structures.  Within these structures are many tissues that may be causing repetitive or chronic headaches.

 

A common cause of occipital headaches is the upper cervical spine and related tissue reaching into the occiput.  This is an area rich in nerve tissue.  When spasm occurs in the muscles around this area, the nerves can become irritated, causing immediate localized pain.

 

As spasm continues, it may lead to postural adaptation in which the facet joints of the upper cervical spine become compressed.  C1/2 and C2/3 can refer directly to behind and above the eyes.  This is often how headaches extend into these areas.

 

The cause of spasm.

Why do these areas fall into spasm and irritation?  There may be an underlying condition of the cervical spine.  Joint irritation will cause muscles to spasm in an attempt to prevent motion and further irritation.  This will cause joint stiffness and muscle weakness with reduced activity.


Weak muscles will also spasm as they are ...

Headaches:  Relief for chronic headaches


Rest, exercise, heat or ice packs….or a long, hot shower….may be all you need to relieve an occasional tension headache.  If not, perhaps there are structural or biomechanical problems that need to be addressed.

The neck and head are complex structures.  Within these structures are many tissues that may be causing repetitive or chronic headaches.

 

A common cause of occipital headaches is the upper cervical spine and related tissue reaching into the occiput.  This is an area rich in nerve tissue.  When spasm occurs in the muscles around this area, the nerves can become irritated, causing immediate localized pain.

 

As spasm continues, it may lead to postural adaptation in which the facet joints of the upper cervical spine become compressed.  C1/2 and C2/3 can refer directly to behind and above the eyes.  This is often how headaches extend into these areas.

 

The cause of spasm.

Why do these areas fall into spasm and irritation?  There may be an underlying condition of the cervical spine.  Joint irritation will cause muscles to spasm in an attempt to prevent motion and further irritation.  This will cause joint stiffness and muscle weakness with reduced activity.


Weak muscles will also spasm as they are ...

Did you know that each year one out of three Americans falls?  That’s not normally a big deal if it’s a child or young adult.  But when an older adult falls, it can have life-changing effects.

Just one fall in an older adult can cause serious injury such as broken bones or brain trauma.  However, even if there are no significant injuries, one fall is enough for an individual to realize that they may not be safe independently.  This could be the event that leads to nursing home or assisted living center admission.  And that’s something most of us dread.

It has been found that having weak quadriceps is one of the most common factors that lead to people entering  nursing homes.  Why? Because if someone falls and they are not strong enough to get back up by themselves, then they know they can no longer live alone.

The good news is that there is a lot that can be done to reduce the risk of an older individual falling.  Here are a few important things to remember:

  • Exercises can be very effective at strengthening weak muscles and improving balance.  A physical therapist should be consulted prior to exercising  if there ...
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
2012-11-15

I'd like to once again WELCOME all of our new members to STAR Fitness Center!  We're excited you've decided to join us, and we look forward to helping you achieve all your fitness and health goals!

The holidays are approaching, and with that comes holiday calories!  Don't fight the bulge alone.  Refer a friend to STAR Fitness Center, and if your friend joins, you receive $5 off your monthly dues!  That's right!  When a second friend joins, you receive $10 off your monthly dues for the length of your contract.  So, spread the word!  Grab your family and friends and start your New Year's Resolution NOW! 

The staff of STAR Fitness Center would also like to extend a VERY HAPPY VETERAN'S DAY to all of our Veterans, and we'd like to say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.  THANK YOU also to all active military men and women.  Without your dedication to our country, we would not be where we are today. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to spread Holiday Cheer this year by giving back to our community.  We are collecting non-perishable foods throughout the month of November that will be delivered to the Covington Food Bank at the end of the month.  We are also planning a Toy Drive during December, in an effort to make a few children just a little happier this Christmas. 

DON'T FORGET ABOUT OUR BLACK FRIDAY SALE!  You can purchase $50 gift cards for just $5 all day Friday, November 23.  These make the perfect stocking stuffers or gifts for those "hard to shop for" family members and friends.  Current members can use these gift cards towards personal training packages, and new members can use these towards the initial investment of a new contract.  There is NO limit to the number of gift cards you can purchase; however, only 1 gift card can be used at a time. 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and your family.  STAY SAFE and STAY HEALTHY! 

 

 

 

 

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